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Project Procopius: Scaliger, Vulcanius, Hoeschelius And The Pursuit Of Early Byzantine History

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The aim of this chapter is to show that Scaliger and Vulcanius, despite differences in character and determination, in fact shared many interests. More particularly, they were both passionate about the history of a period not yet fully explored in their time: that of the late Roman and early Byzantine Empires. Wolf's most productive follower, however, proved to be David Hoeschelius. When Joseph Scaliger was working on his edition of the Chronicle of Eusebius of Caesarea (ca. 263ca. 339), he attempted to unravel the puzzle of Eusebius sources and the reception of the Chronicle in other sources. Hoeschelius had been in contact with Scaliger for at least a year. Scaliger wrote to him that, should Vulcanius fail to translate his manuscript of Procopius, Scaliger would do the job himself.

Keywords: Byzantine; Hoeschelius; Scaliger; Vulcanius



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